Manchester United and Liverpool have given up on the signing of the Palmeiras starlet Gabriel Jesus. Both the clubs considered the player to be too expensive, according to the Brazilian website UOL.
On Manchester United’s side, scouts have recommended the club to make the signing earlier this summer. But the board were still working on Louis van Gaal’s replacement, and due to high price, told their officials not to make any further approaches for the player.
Gabriel Jesus’ contract with Palmeiras has a clause that would favour Manchester United to make the transfer. The Red Devils, just like Juventus, Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG, could sign the player for €24m. For all other sides, his release clause is €40m.
Liverpool were influenced by two reasons: the first of them was their poor season. The fact they won’t be in any European competitions is a financial concern. The other one, of course, is because they aren’t included in the contract clause, which means they would have to spend €16m more than the other interested clubs, so they consider the competition to be unfair.
UOL claims that Liverpool still rate Gabriel Jesus highly and think the player will have a great future.
Juventus and Bayern’s approaches are considered to be “official” by the website, but Barcelona’s interest has also been reported by the Spanish media.